Book 1, The O'Brien Family - An O'Brien Family Novel
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RITA AWARD FINALIST • Once they shared a night of passion. Now a chance encounter forces them back together. In Cecy Robson’s O’Brien Family series debut—perfect for readers of Monica Murphy and J. Lynn—two total opposites find that the flames of desire are still smoldering.
Tough-as-steel cop Curran O’Brien is quickly rising through the ranks of the Philadelphia police department. But when his rookie partner is almost killed under his watch, Curran just wants to prove he still has what it takes to walk among Philly’s finest. So he’s pissed to be stuck on a cushy security assignment for the DA’s office . . . until he gets a good look at the sweet, straitlaced intern he’s supposed to protect—but not touch.
Tess Newart recognizes Curran instantly. How could she not? Back in college she tied this former frat boy to the bed with her argyle socks! That sizzling one-night stand was the only indiscretion Tess ever allowed herself. She has survived law school so far, despite being pushed to succeed by her overbearing father. Now that she’s interning on a major case against a ruthless crime boss, she won’t jeopardize her career by giving in to temptation again. She just never expected temptation to look so damn hot in uniform.
Tess knows her father has other plans for her, and they don’t include Curran. But soon she’s falling for him all over again. And when danger emerges, Curran will prove just how good a bad-boy cop can be.
Praise for Once Kissed
“Make room on your list of book boyfriends for Curran O’Brien! This bad-boy cop is fiercely protective of the feisty Tess, and the sexual tension between these two is off the charts!”—USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne
“Robson’s O’Brien family has the hottest brothers ever! . . . It’s impossible not to keep your fingers crossed for an HEA, but the author knows exactly what she’s doing as readers hold their breath during this roller-coaster ride of passion.”—RT Book Reviews
“If you love a hot alpha male with a badge, you’ll love Cecy Robson’s Once Kissed.”—New York Times bestselling author Claudia Connor
“A delightful and sensual read with a cheeky hero and a sharp heroine.”—Heroes and Heartbreakers
“A riotous hit.”—Addicted to Happily Ever After
“Robson proves once again that she can sweep us off our feet with a fun, romantic tale. . . . [Once Kissed] is another must-read. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.”—Rainy Day Ramblings
“[Robson] truly is a talented writer who never ceases to amaze me with her words.”—My Guilty Obsession
“Robson [is] an amazing author that captivates you with her words . . . I enjoyed [Once Kissed] immensely.”—Collector of Book Boyfriends & Girlfriends
“I was very pleased with Once Kissed and all it offered. Especially the laughs.”—Christy’s Love of Books
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Once Kissed ( O'Brien Family Book #1) Cecy Robson
This is the first novel in a new series by Ms. Robson. It follows the O'Brien family, seven wild and crazy siblings (6 boys and one girl) who work and party around Philadelphia. This first story centers around Curran, a police officer with a tough as nails reputation. Curran's self-esteem and emotions were recently rocked by the near death of his rookie partner and he feels responsible. His superiors feel he needs some time to get his head together, so he has been assigned to bodyguard duty for his brother Declan's intern. Declan is an Asst. D.A. and working on a dangerous high profile case that involves a mafia leader. Fear of retaliation is high.
Contessa Newhart is Declan's intern. She is in her last year of law school, seems shy, very understated, almost frumpy, but a very hard worker. When Contessa (Tess) walks into Declan's office to meet her protector, she is rocked to her core. This tall gorgeous man with piercing blue eyes and Tess had a brief encounter in college. On her one and only escape from her boring routine, her friends convince her to go to frat party, and she remembers every moment, unfortunately so does he! He immediately calls her argyles, the socks she wears frequently, and actually tied him up with. His teasing and banter with Tess is hysterical until he realizes behind the shy mousey exterior is a very intelligent woman who has been traumatized by someone who should have been protecting her.
This is a very sexy romance between two people who have serious issues and find themselves needing each other more than they could possibly have imagined. Danger is lurking, but Connor has promised to protect her with all that he has. But, how do you protect someone from their own father?
I really enjoyed this novel, and can't wait to read the next in this very entertaining series.
I received this ARC from the publisher and NetGalley for my honest review.
Great start to a new series!
I loved this book and it's a great start to a new series. I was so happy when I started to read the familiar names in the story. I didn't know it was a spinoff of the last book I read by Cecy Robson and one I immensely enjoyed "Once Pure (Shattered Past bk 3)". Curran O'Brien is a cop on a sort of leave and the brother of the Assistant DA Declan O'Brien who is on the verge of trying one of Philly's biggest mob bosses. His only law assistant is Contessa "Tess" Newart and he needs Curran to be one of her bodyguards. Unknown to the DA they've meet before in college and had a night full of passion hot smoking sex. That is until her father the head of the college found them and ended anything that could of been. Years and so many secrets later these two with a explosive chemistry are made to spend time together and try to keep their hands off each other. They could have it all if only they can work through their many problems.
I can not wait to read the next book in this series.
Love Cecy Robson
I can honestly say that I love everything that Cecy Robson writes. She has never disappointed me! Once Kissed is a great start to the O'Brien Family series. Got to love her characters. The story of Curran & Tess will keep you turning the pages. Pretty much everything out of Curran's mouth made me laugh. What I loved most is the way they were there for each other. Both have demons from the past to fight, but together they can take on anything. I'm ready for more O'Brien stories!